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Otter Claus

Brewed by Otter
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Honiton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.

We firmly believe that one particularly good beer is better than a bucketful of seasonals. So, although it may be a bit cheeky, we have one winter ale that forms the basis of our seasonal range.
This delicious 5% beer is dark ruby in colour and has a well balanced flavour with a bittersweet chocolate edge. This comes from the careful use of Fuggles and Challenger hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1955) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
As Poppy Otter. Pours an amber brown colour. Taste is quite malty and biscuity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1607) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) on the 6th January 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale copper in colour with a thin off white head. Malty aroma with a subtle hint of dark fruit. Thin creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a moist maltloaf base with a sweet flavour of raisin fruit. Damp earthy hop resins give a light bitter aftertaste which is rather short in the mouth. Finish is malty with dry currants and oak cask notes present in the palate. Easy to drink despite the 5% ABV. A decent ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hohops (827) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Appearance is amber and clear, lots of bubbles rising, with a large, thick white head. Aroma- hops, caramel malt, sweet bread, nutty hints. Taste- fruity hops, which bring some bitterness, balanced against sweet caramel and toffee malt. Quite a thin mouthfeel, with a short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2015
Cask at Crossways Inn, West Huntspill. Pours chocolate brown with an off white head. Quite sweet, some spice, choc. Ok.
Earlier Rating: 10/17/2015 Total Score: 3.2
Cask at Victoria Lounge Bar, Hanley. Pours copper with an off white head. Quite malty, bitter hop, dencent enough ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Gravity, The Mortar and Pestle, Hinckley, 08/12/15. Hammering the table football with Pops MacDrunkeasy. Decent rounded bitter with soft sesame and berry fruit dusted with enigmatic spice. Complexity and balance: proper beer at last. Nose of praline, nuts and berries. Deep red gold with slick head and condition. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 12/8/2010 Total Score: 3.4
1) Beers of Advent day 8. Bottle chilled in the snow, as last night. Good yeasty aroma a bit like banoffee pie, with some oily hop presence. Pours out pale, brilliant ruby with a beige swirl of head. Crisp, solid bitter with caramel, mulled apple yeastiness, hints of redcurrant, chalk, nut husk and a malted milk biscuit aftertaste. Finishes hop dry with an underplayed fruitiness that reminds me of an alt. Like it. 2) Spoons, Hinckley, 15/12/11. Deep chestnut with a slim, well behaved cream lid. Walnut, polished wood and chocolate aroma. Fine, full bodied and slippery with notes of praline, walnut, dried figgy fruit, a hint of orange and a lingering, husky, cocoa-dusted malt finish. Milk choc Hobnob afters. Rich and heady- couldn’t session it. Festive stuff. 637414.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liquidbread86 (165) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Hand pulled. Looks like it’ll be a little creamy, but falls flat. Bitter with little in the way of aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3389) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Cask at the William Shenstone, Halesowen. Pours dark orange with a medium head. Aroma is dark fruits and chocolate. Taste has milk chocolate to start and a bitter chocolate and bready finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2015
Cask at Crosse Keys (JDW) in London, shared with Finn. Spotty lacing from a tiny beige head. Deep mahogany coloured body. Spiced aroma including ginger and cinnamon. Mid-sweet malty taste added by ginger and cinnamon. Mid-sweet ending. Okay, not more, too much of the spicy stuff (30.11.2015).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2015
Fra cask på Crosse Keys Bank 30 Nov 15. Delt med Rune. Veldig mørkebrun. Kun skum langs glasset. Beskjeden krydderaroma. Litt ingefær & kardemomme. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken blandet krydder. Mest ingefær. Uvariert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (8733) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2015
Cask@Crosse Keys JDW, London (30/11/2015) - amber pour with white head. Toasty malty aroma and taste, nutty, some caramel and toffeish sweetness creeps in, twiggy hoppy into a bitter finish. Ok.

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